Have you been thinking about pursuing a teaching career in early care? Take the first step with a program for a diploma in early childhood education from Bryant & Stratton College.
Graduates of our Early Childhood Care & Development diploma program are will prepared to pursue rewarding career opportunities in early child development settings. With key courses that lay the foundation for guiding and evaluating the educations of young children, as well as the developmental needs of toddlers and infants, this diploma program provides a solid first step toward a future as an educator.
Students in the Early Childhood Care & Development diploma program are well-prepared to work with young children from infancy through middle-childhood in learning environments such as childcare centers—both home and center-based—child development programs, intervention programs, recreation programs and more. This diploma in early childhood education can also be a steppingstone toward an associate degree education, including the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree program at Bryant & Stratton College, or even on to bachelor’s degree or master’s degree opportunities.
The 36-credit-hours of courses in the Early Childhood Care & Development diploma can be used to help fulfill the 120-hour educational requirement for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential awarded through the Council for Professional Recognition. As the most widely recognized credential in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field, students are encouraged to apply for the CDA upon completion.
The Council for Professional Recognition has specific requirements for the Child Development Associate credentialing process in addition to the formal education components included in these programs. A career in the field of Early Childhood Education may involve earning certain licenses or certificates, getting additional training, or meeting other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Bryant & Stratton College recommends all applicants check with the licensing agency in their state for specific requirements*. The Bryant & Stratton College early childhood education programs involve an early childhood practice experience which may be completed within a live childcare environment. All applicants to either early childhood program should be aware that employers may consider numerous factors when determining eligibility or suitability for employment including, but not limited to, criminal background screening, U.S. citizenship, state residency, physical and psychological health, age and military discharge information. A criminal conviction and/or record of certain other conduct may prevent or hinder a student’s completion of their required practice experience or a graduate’s employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. The enrolling applicant has been apprised of these matters and enrolls in this program with full understanding of the same.
* Virginia residents should refer to licensure regulations for school personnel at the following government site: https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title8/agency20/chapter22/.
Teacher candidates will find additional information at the Virginia Department of Education at the following address:
Virginia Department of Education
James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Taken online or on campus, our Early Childhood Care & Development diploma program provides students with the ability to:
Early Childhood Education Academic Program Disclosures
The Early Childhood Care & Development diploma program is also offered by Bryant & Stratton College Online. The online Early Childhood Care program follows the same outcomes and curriculum as the campus-based program with the added flexibility and convenience of an online program. Online students can expect the same personal touch and support as provided by our campus faculty and staff.
Credits earned in online classes at Bryant & Stratton College are the same as those credits earned in campus-based programs at Bryant & Stratton College.
Major Requirements - 30 credits (Total requirements - 36 credits)
Whether you’re pursuing advancement opportunities in childcare centers or simply want to improve your early care teaching and communication skills, Bryant & Stratton offers the education you need to succeed. Start your journey by contacting us today.